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Brightside [Kindle Edition]

Mark Tullius , Anthony Szpak
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to Brightside. Make Yourself Comfortable...You Won't Be Leaving

Who Are the Thought Thieves?

They call us Thought Thieves, but it's not like we have a choice. All the sick twisted things rolling around in people's heads, we can't help but hear.

That's why they rounded us up, stuck us in this little town. It's to make you feel safe. But they can't keep us here forever.

It's Day 100 and it's all gonna end. One way or another, I'm getting out of Brightside.

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers are sucked in from the start and can't put it down:

"This book is dark and deep. It grabs you from the start and sinks its teeth into you. I finished this book in a matter of hours because I just could not put it down!" -- Crash 86

"...this book is an action-packed thriller from start to finish." -- Lauren

"...a captivating book right from the start...I couldn't put the book down." -- Olivia King

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers compare Mark Tullius to Stephen King:

"A thought-provoking read with wonderful characters, and a Stephen King tone."-- Melissa Schwab

"Stephen King now has a shelf mate in my Kindle!" -- dragonfly

˃˃˃ ˃˃˃ Reviewers want more from Mark Tullius:

"This was the first book I read by Mark Tullius and I now read everything I can from him." -- RAD

I'm adding Mark Tullius to my list of preferred authors." -- jthomato

"A very thought provoking book. I will eagerly wait for more books by Mark Tullius." -- Diane Taylor

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vincere Press; 1 edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KRWXXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a struggle to read 11 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Written from Joe's point of view it engages you in the action and Tullius does a good job of relaying the feelings and thoughts of the character. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention, throwing me into a new world while explaining certain aspects about life as a telepath clearly. It made me want to read on and the name "Thought Theives" Tullius uses to describe the gifted humans intrigued me. The plot line was original and different and did keep my interest however there were a few things that made it a struggle to read the book around about the halfway mark.

The first was that the book is written in terms of days. It jumps to random points in Joe's life while leading up to day 100. In the midst of this there are constant memories and flashbacks which although were easy to figure out and understand, for me it made the story too disjointed as it was frequently jumping from one place to another rather than following a constant flow. Some memories and thoughts also seemed to repeat themselves continually and by the halfway mark it was becoming slightly repetitive and I found it a struggle to stay focused.

The start of the book lead me into a false sense of security and turned into something I wasn't expecting. I didn't realise how dark and twisted it would get. It slowly got darker and more graphic as it went on and I found myself skipping long sections of description as it made me cringe and feel slightly nauseated. When being asked to review this book it was the different theme and the prospect of romance that sold it to me most but the romances were more based on a sexual side of things or Joe berating himself about previous events which became slightly annoying towards the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative thriller 28 Jun. 2013
By Jaypee
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Not a literary masterpiece but I found this a real page turner. I read this through breaks at work and couldn't wait to read on. The basic concept is excellent. I found the descriptions well written and the characters well drawn you can almost feel their pain. There is even a twist at the end
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brightside 15 Nov. 2012
By Sarah
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Took a while to get into this but I did find it enjoyable. If i can't get into a book within the first 10 pages I usually give up but i persevered with this one and was glad that I did. Not a bad "throwaway" novel
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  79 reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a struggle to read 11 Jan. 2013
By Sienna @ Lost to Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Written from Joe's point of view it engages you in the action and Tullius does a good job of relaying the feelings and thoughts of the character. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention, throwing me into a new world while explaining certain aspects about life as a telepath clearly. It made me want to read on and the name "Thought Theives" Tullius uses to describe the gifted humans intrigued me. The plot line was original and different and did keep my interest however there were a few things that made it a struggle to read the book around about the halfway mark.

The first was that the book is written in terms of days. It jumps to random points in Joe's life while leading up to day 100. In the midst of this there are constant memories and flashbacks which although were easy to figure out and understand, for me it made the story too disjointed as it was frequently jumping from one place to another rather than following a constant flow. Some memories and thoughts also seemed to repeat themselves continually and by the halfway mark it was becoming slightly repetitive and I found it a struggle to stay focused.

The start of the book lead me into a false sense of security and turned into something I wasn't expecting. I didn't realise how dark and twisted it would get. It slowly got darker and more graphic as it went on and I found myself skipping long sections of description as it made me cringe and feel slightly nauseated. When being asked to review this book it was the different theme and the prospect of romance that sold it to me most but the romances were more based on a sexual side of things or Joe berating himself about previous events which became slightly annoying towards the end.

Overall this book was interesting and different but I would not recommend it to the squeamish/faint-hearted or a young audience because if the graphic content and language. Although it started well and did make me read on the graphic content did become too much towards the end and the disjointed nature of the flashbacks and days made it hard for me to focus at times.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 30 Aug. 2012
By dragon's - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My faith has been restored, great story tellers are still alive!
I feel like I have stolen by paying only 99 cents for this book, it is well worth much much more!
Brightside grabbed me from the first page and kept me to the end. Characters were very well developed.I could not stop thinking about them after I finsihed the book. I have found myself thinking about Thought Theives, and hoping none are near me and hear my erratic thoughts!
Looking forward to reading more of your stories. Stephen King now has a shelf mate in my Kindle!
Thank you Mark Tullius, for the entertainment and the restoration of faith in writers!!!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and not sure why 24 Sept. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is about a forced colony of telepaths. The protagonist is frustratingly tortured and compulsive which irritated me and yet pulled me into the narrative and I ended up feeling quite disturbed - the way a good book can pull into the imaginary world. If being absorbed into a disturbing world is your thing and if you don't mind a bit of blood and gore and the death of a pet, then this is your book. None of these are my "thing" and yet I couldn't wait to finish the book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh premise and raw drama makes for a suspenseful story 14 Oct. 2012
By Ariana R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Thought thieves can't help but hear everyone's little secrets and awful truths. Joe, the conflicted main character, would never wish this upon anyone- wrenched from his home, and placed in a government-sanctioned group was supposed to be better for him. But knowing he wasn't alone actually makes things worse- everything is on display, and there's nowhere to hide in Brightside. "Brightside was plastic," Joe says. "It was all just pretend, each detail fabricated so we couldn't jump off the edge of the mountain... take the easy way out." From a sham marriage to the cruel Boots policing Brightside, Joe's only connection to anything sane is his friendship with Danny, the only person who is truly able to find good in anything, and Sara, the first Brightsider he feels anything real for. Joe's life has been "one big should've. Should've known better, should've listened, should've paid attention." But when gifts from his father give him the chance to make things right, he stumbles across a band of rebels that might offer him the way out. This story of loss, family, and childhood trauma is a great read- I read it one night- and you'll start evaluating your life the way Brightsiders are forced to do. It's a really fresh premise, very unlike anything you've ever read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars story kind of pointless 6 April 2013
By Gary S Fish - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for something to read on the plane and decided to give this a try. I kept hoping that this story would evolve into a really interesting take on how could an individual cope in a society where you couldn't keep secrets. Instead I got gratuitous sex, pointless violence, and way way to much conflicting angst from the character, But hey if you are into those things this is the story for you.
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